Revised terms of reference for the Expert Group on Environmental Performance Reviews for 2011–2012
1. The core of the Expert Group should comprise 10 to 14 members, with due consideration to geographical balance among countries in the region. It is suggested that, when new members are chosen, due regard should be given to experts from countries that have recently been reviewed, as well as to those who have undergone or will soon undergo second reviews.
2. Participation, as observers, in the meetings of the Expert Group will be open to Committee on Environmental Policy delegates, who shall act as advisers to review the report and its recommendations.
3. In addition, participation in the meetings of the Expert Group on any reviewed country will be open to experts nominated by the Committee on Environmental Policy delegates, and agreed by the members of the Expert Group in consultation with the secretariat.
Terms of reference
4. The mandate of the core members of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Expert Group on Environmental Performance Reviews is renewed for a period of two years for the purposes of:
(a) Carrying out the expert review process, prior to the peer review to be undertaken by the Committee on Environmental Policy;
(b) Providing guidance to the UNECE secretariat and the Committee on Environmental Policy on all substantive and organizational matters arising in the implementation of the UNECE programme of Environmental Performance Reviews (EPRs);
(c) Assisting the UNECE secretariat in coordinating the UNECE EPR programme with processes under way in other international institutions that have a bearing on it, inter alia, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Asian Development Bank, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) EPR programme and its work in the region of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
5. The guidance of the Expert Group to UNECE and the Committee will include:
(a) Identification of opportunities and requirements for improving the conduct of the EPRs;
(b) Assessment of environmental trends relevant to the EPR process in countries in transition, including the organization of joint meetings, seminars and workshops at the regional and subregional levels, where these are demand-driven;
(c) Review and improvement of the data and information used for the EPR;
(d) Drawing up proposals on how to improve the adoption of the recommendations contained in the EPR country reports and their implementation.
6. The core members of the EPR Expert Group are elected by the Committee on Environmental Policy upon the recommendation of the Bureau. The secretariat will invite international institutions pursuing related work to participate in the work of the EPR Expert Group.
7. While taking decisions on an EPR report under review and its recommendations, the Expert Group shall take into consideration the inputs by the reviewing countries and Committee delegates who participate in the meeting.
8. The EPR Expert Group shall elect its Chair and Vice-Chair.
9. The EPR Expert Group will report annually on its activities to the Committee on Environmental Policy, and may raise any issue with the Committee that it deems necessary for the implementation of its mandate.
10. The mandate of the Expert Group will cover a two-year period, from 2011 to the end of 2012.